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Rowan County Tax Administrator Kelvin Byrd resigns

SALISBURY — Rowan County commissioners announced the resignation of Tax Administrator Kelvin Byrd Friday afternoon during a special meeting.

After returning from closed session, the board announced the acceptance of his resignation and a severance agreement for Byrd.

Then, commissioners named Toyna Parnell, tax collections manager, the interim tax collector for a salary of $86,000 per year for the remainder of Byrd’s term.

Phyllis Adams was named interim tax assessor for the remainder of the term at $4,100 per month for 80 hours, and $45 per hour for all time worked over.

Adams previously served as tax administrator for Yadkin County from Oct. 1979 to Nov. 2017.

No details were provided as to the reason for Byrd’s resignation. And Rowan County Attorney Jay Dees didn’t respond to a request for details of Byrd’s severance agreement.

Byrd was named Rowan County tax administrator in 2012 after more than 26 years in Watauga County. Byrd’s term would have ended in the spring.

Also on Friday afternoon, commissioners voted to allow County Manager Aaron Church to enroll in the University of Notre Dame Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management Program at a cost of $7,500.

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